Things to do in Raipur
The capital city of Chhattisgarh state, Raipur has been generously blessed with natural beauty and historical legacy. Its hills, mountains and rivers besides the ancient art and architecture will surely leave every tourist spellbound. There is lot to explore and fun things to do in Raipur. From beautiful temples to wildlife sanctuaries to monumental remains everything is here to meet the eyes and expectations of tourists looking to enjoy their vacation in this state capital of Chhattisgarh. This beautiful city is full with pleasant surprises. Visitors are overwhelmed with the beauty and adventure this city has on offer.
Visit the Historical Temples of the TownThe capital city of Raipur is far famed for its beautiful and historical temples spread across nook and corners of the region. Mahamaya temple, Samleswari Temple, Chandi temple are some of the famous religious structures that adorn the region of Raipur. Situated in the old fort area , Mahamaya Temple on the
banks of River Khaaroon belongs to 11th century. It belongs to the Kalchuri era. It has been
renovated a number of times and is visited by many devotees daily. The
temple is dedicated to Devi Durga.
Samleswari Temple located in the same compound is dedicated to Devi Samlai. The most admired thing about Chandi temple is its beautiful architectural design which makes it different in its look. Close by, in the southern region of Raipur, is the Doodhadhari Temple and monastry. The temple dedicated to Lord Rama dates back to mid-17th century and is said to be built by King Jaitsingh . An ancient river called Maharajbandh flows through this religious landmark. The temple features stunning murals. The name of the temple and its monastery is given after Swami Balbhadra Das who is believed to have survived only on 'doodh' (milk).
Take a Tour to Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda AshramRamakrishna Mission Vivekananda Ashram will lure tourists who take interest in spirituality and those who seek spiritual enlightenment. The ashram was started in 1957 and made a branch of the Mission in 1968. The organization works on the principles of renunciation and self-emancipation. Medical care and other social works are carried out by this ashram. One can also enjoy the beauty of Vivekananda Sarovar which is close to this place.This a perfect for all those looking for some peace away from the hustle bustle of the city life.
Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Ashrama
PO Vivekananda Ashrama
Raipur, Chhattisgarh 492 001
Phone: 0771-222 5269, 403 6959 & 222 4119
Explore Wildlife at Udanti Wildlife Sanctuary
Picnic at Budha LakeNear to Mahamaya temple there are a few more attractions which make for pleasant picnic spots. Some of them are Lake Maharaja Bandh, Kho-Kho Lake, and Budhapara Lake. The credit of constructing Budhapara Lake goes to Kalchuri emperor King Brahmadeo. The leke today is one of the most favored picnic spot in the region. The water in the lake is calm and clean. One can view and admire the beautiful sunrise and sunsets from this picnic spot. It is ideal for spending a pleasant and leisurely time with your near and dear ones.
Make a Fun Filled Trip to MM Fun City
MM Fun City
Address: Baktara Godi Road, Raipur, Chhattisgarh 492010, Bakatra-1, Chhattisgarh 492101
Phone:092 00 006333
Enjoy Shopping in RaipurThe city of Raipur boasts of a rich heritage and a promising future. Since it is an emerging city, Raipur may not be the shopping paradise for high-end labels. But what Raipur offers is both unique and beautiful. Here shoppers will find markets selling unique ethnic stuff rubbing shoulders with plush shopping malls. But with a range of exquisitely beautiful handicrafts on offer, tourists may give regular shopping malls a miss here. Those with an eye for exotic handcraft items and ethnic wear are sure to have a delightful shopping experience in Raipur.
Tourists will not be able to resist the temptation to spend on bell metal and wrought iron items, terracotta products and stone sculptures. The unique and beautiful Dokra works made by the lost wax technique make coveted showpieces and gift items. Wrought iron items like candle stands, animals, toy musicians besides ritual items like Jhaari and Laman Diya are a must buy. Also, when in Raipur, one simply has to include the locally made Dhruva Sari in their list of must-buys. A visit to the various handloom stores will give tourists an experience of the local culture. The handlooms of Raipur are unique and special. They have been honed and perfected over generations and would make an enviable addition to your wardrobe.
Savour Local Delicacies of RaipurWhen in Raipur, try out the local cuisine. The special delicacies of Raipur and Chhattisgarh are the sweet items Petha, Rakhia Badi and Jalebi. Petha is a variety of exquisite sweet dish which is prepared by the locals of Chhattisgarh. Rakhia badi is a sort of a curry that includes rakhia phal or fruit, coriander, ginger, green chillies and seeds of slitted black gram. Rakhia badi are small globules made up of the rakhia fruit. Jalebi is a much loved dish of every inhabitant of the state. It is commonly prepared by the people of Raipur and Chhattisgarh on every minor and major occasion. It is made of sugar, flour, yeast, saffron and water.